Welcome to Healthy Kids Corner! Here are some of the reasons parents bring their child in for chiropractic care.
Monday, July 15, 2019
Friday, July 12, 2019
What Is a Chiropractic Adjustment?
A chiropractic back adjustment is a type of manual therapy (i.e., a treatment delivered through the physician’s hands) that seeks to realign joint subluxations. Note that the word subluxation means different things to a chiropractor than it does to a medical doctor, though either way, the definition of the term is “partial dislocation.”
When a chiropractor looks for a subluxation (via the diagnostic process,) the things she notes tend to be subtle gradations of position changes in the joints and accompanying soft tissue problems. When a medical doctor sees a subluxation on an x-ray, it’s a very obvious disconnect between the bones that make up a joint.
Learn more about the difference between the way an allopathic doctor sees a subluxation vs the way a chiropractor sees it.
Although a number of chiropractic methods and techniques exist, the most common version of an adjustment involves a controlled but fast directional thrust into the joint.
The goal is to bring the bones of a joint back to their normal, natural fit. It may take just one adjustment to achieve this aim (so that the adjustment “sticks,”) or it may take several.
Who Is Licensed to Give Adjustments?
Other more industry-related names for a chiropractic adjustment are: spinal manipulation and Grade 5 mobilization. Physical therapists and osteopathic physicians are two other types of health providers who are sometimes trained and licensed to give a Grade 5 mobilization treatment.
Grades 1-4 type mobilizations are less forceful and direct than Grade 5 and tend to be used more by physical therapists, massage therapists and some holistic therapists and educators such as Feldenkrais practitioners, Alexander teachers and more. Massage therapists, athletic trainers, personal trainers and holistic practitioners are, in general, not licensed to give spinal manipulation therapy, i.e., Grade 5 mobilization.
A Reputation for Back Cracking
You probably already know that chiropractors are often referred to as “back crackers.” This nickname may have been bestowed based on the cracking and popping that’s usually heard during a treatment.
A lot of people associate these sounds with a successful adjustment. But in reality, they may have nothing to do with accurate re-alignment of your joints. Instead, they are thought to be a result of cavitation, which is a sudden pressure decrease inside the joint (brought about by the manipulation.) Cavitation causes gasses in the synovial fluid to be released into the space between the bones that are being adjusted (called the joint space.)
According to Brodeur, in his 1995 study published in the Journal of Manipulative Physiological and Therapeutics, these gasses comprise about 15% of the volume of the joint.
And while it’s true that the mainstay of the chiropractic profession is an adjustment of the spine, most also adjust the pelvis as a routine part of the treatment. Some also regularly adjust other joints such as knees, feet, wrists, and more.
How Well Do Chiropractic Adjustments Work?
According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), spinal manipulation is one among several holistic therapies that have been proven to provide low back pain relief. Pain relief experienced by study participants who underwent chiropractic adjustments was mild and moderate, according to NCCIH.
Other holistic therapies that NCCIH says yield similar results include massage therapy and exercise. Physical therapy is on this list, as well, even though many people think of it as an allied health profession, rather than a complementary or integrative health field.
If you have chronic low back pain, and you want to get it treated by a chiropractor (or osteopath or physical therapist who performs spinal manipulation,) you’re in luck. A review of medical studies done by the Cochrane Back Group, and published in the June 2011 issue of the journal Spine, found high-quality evidence that this treatment is just as good as other treatments for the same condition. Such comparison treatments included the use of heat, sleeping on a firm mattress and/or taking pain relievers.
Article Source: https://www.verywellhealth.com/chiropractic-adjustments-297025
Tuesday, July 9, 2019
Dr. Pazdel shows how the spine and associated nerve network can be the cause of chronic low back pain. This condition can be relieved and changed without drugs through chiropractic care. Living with chronic pain is no fun at all. Chiropractic care changes lives!
See more at http://www.pazdelchiropractic.com
Saturday, July 6, 2019
Humans have been battling heartburn for hundreds, if not thousands, of years. But recently the incidence has risen, making it a common complaint worldwide. What causes this problem, and how can it be stopped? Rusha Modi details the causes and treatments of heartburn.
Lesson by Rusha Modi, directed by Kozmonot Animation Studio.
Wednesday, July 3, 2019
Sunday, June 30, 2019
When a person has hurt their back, they figure they can go to their regular medical doctor for pain medication or muscle relaxers or they can opt for a chiropractor who will manipulate their spine in order to offer relief. While this may be true, the treatment of bad backs is just one of many ailments that can be helped.
Chiropractic care is a type of therapy that considers pain or disease to be a symptom of a nervous system malfunction. The movement and manipulation of the spinal column will adjust the nerves' positioning among the bones in order to offer relief. Proper nerve energy can only flow when the skeletal system is in the correct positioning.
There are multitudes of maladies that have been treated successfully with chiropractic methods, including:
- Asthma is common and at times deadly. The breathing system is not functioning optimally and causes wheezing, coughing, inability to take deep breaths. Spinal manipulations have been shown to be helpful in reducing symptoms in asthmatic cases.
- Attention Deficit Disorder and Hyperactivity can cause upheaval in a child's school experience and an adult's life. Often treated with an array of prescription medicines that are sometimes helpful, but also cause additional aggravations to a family. Realignment has been shown to alleviate symptoms of ADD and ADHD.
- Headaches are a common physical ailment. Chronic headaches may be caused by misalignment which may be helped with spinal adjustments.
- Colic in infants has been soothed with chiropractic care. Colic often appears at age one month and continues for two to three months and consists of unexplained crying jags and gas pains.
- Ear infections, also called otitis media, often appear in combination with an upper respiratory infection. They can be quite painful and seem to occur most commonly during early childhood when the inner ear structures are still developing. Otitis media has been helped with by spinal adjustments.
- Various back and disc ailments can be alleviated by manipulating them back into their correct position.
Besides spinal realignments, whole body care is stressed in chiropractic medicine, including proactive steps such as a healthy diet consisting of fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins along with proper exercise and posture.
Ergonomics, which is the science of furniture and devices which support healthy body mechanics in the workplace, is also an important lifestyle adaptation that one should consider in order to keep their body healthy and in alignment.
Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/3060768
Thursday, June 27, 2019
As a spokesperson for the American Chiropractic Association, I have done so many interviews. Wall Street Journal, New York Times, O Magazine, on heavy handbags. Why? It's a really big issue particularly for women, and kids too.
Why are people using these giant heavy handbags? Most of us leave our house at the crack of dawn, and we carry our entire life in these handbags. Gym shoes, gym clothes, water, books, that accumulate a little bit more each day as the week goes on, so before we know it we're carrying this really heavy bag.
The American Chiropractic Association recommends that even in a backpack, which is carried on both sides, you should never carry more than 10 percent of your body weight. But I bet that if most of you weighed your handbags they weigh much more than you think they do.
There are some really some specific recommendations that I can make to help people trim down their bags and also carry them in a way that's not going to be such a burden to their body.
The first thing I recommend people do is, every day on a regular basis, empty out your bag. Almost dump it completely out and then put stuff back in that you really need. Particularly things like water and coins shouldn't be carried in handbags. They're just too heavy and they add a lot of weight. It creeps up on you.
The other thing I recommend is that people keep additional sets of commonly used items either in their car or at their office so they don't have to carry heavy things in their handbags. This would include things like make-up kits, shoes, water, hair brushes, and make-up kits.
So now let's talk about how to carry your heavy handbag. The first thing I recommend is that you purchase a handbag that's not so heavy by itself. A lot of the handbags that are out there are made with leather. Some of them have metal chains and they're heavy even with nothing in them. So pick a bag that's lightweight, to begin with.
The other thing is to pick a bag that has a strap that's not too long or not too short. We really want the handbag to snuggle in your side, above your hip, and under your armpit. If it's too high on your armpit, you can't swing your arms, and if the bag is too low it will interfere with how your leg swings when you walk. You really want to maintain a very balanced perfect gait when you walk, and getting the handbag to fit your body and hit the sweet spot really makes a big difference.
The other thing I'd recommend is that you change the handbag from one side to the other every few blocks. It makes a really big difference. Most of us get into the habit of carrying a shoulder bag on one shoulder for years and years and we never switch, and that makes the muscles on that side overdevelop. So it's really important to switch the side of the handbag.
Finally, if you have the option of using a roller bag or a backpack, it's a really good idea, especially if you have to carry something very heavy. If you do decide to go the backpack route, and I recommend backpacks a lot, make sure you get a backpack that has well-padded shoulder straps and adjusts those straps so that it really fits your body. The backpacks should not sit on your low back or your sacrum. It should be up higher so the weight is properly distributed.
The other thing is to make sure that you actually wear the backpack the way it's meant to be worn with two straps on your shoulders. So many people just take the backpack and put it on one shoulder and that puts a lot of stress on your neck and shoulders.
It's important if you can every day, to put your heavy handbag or backpack down and just go take a walk with nothing on your shoulders at all. It really helps balance your body, having a normal gait where your shoulders and your hips get to swing in the opposite motion with your hands just gently swinging at your side.